Lenore Skomal rises to the level of found poetry.
SAN FRANCISCO BOOK REVIEW
It’s the summer of ’54 in the sleepy midwestern town of Sand Flats, Nebraska. Four lonely misfits forge an unlikely friendship under the draping branches of the third willow–a safe place where humor, magic and sorrow coexist. There they discover that best friends can help them escape the adult world that threatens to steal their innocence.
Jude Black lives in that in-between, twilight place teetering on death but clinging to life in order to bring her baby into this world. Only she knows the circumstances surrounding her mysterious fall off the bluff that landed her in the hospital being kept alive by medical intervention. Only she knows who the father of her baby is.
The play jumps around in time and space to develop some of the most interesting characters.... Credit this to the magical combination of a wonderful script, tight, well-constructed and blocked direction.
LOCAL THEATRE NEW YORK
With Lenore at the helm as Festival Director and Founder, Broadway Bound Theatre Festival, founded in 2016, reclaimed the theatre festival experience. By working closely playwrights in producing their plays, the end focus was to give our audience a complete New York Theater experience at an affordable price. BBTF has presented over 200 original works. Currently in partnership with Town Players of New Canaan at the historic Powerhouse Theatre in Waveney Park, BBTF continues its tradition of bringing new, exciting works from under-served voices.
We're overjoyed to announce that Lenore's first book, the biography of famous lighthouse keeper Ida Lewis is embarking on its journey to the silver screen.
That's right! Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter has been optioned by Producer/Director Nico Raineau at Los Angeles-based Little Warrior Productions. For more information, check out www.NicoRaineau.com. And if you haven't read the book, click here.
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Winner of multiple awards for literature, biography, plays and humor, Lenore Skomal’s catalogue spans many genres. Known for her poetic and moving literary style, as well as acerbic wit, her standout writing style has been critically acclaimed. With over 30 years of professional writing experience, she is a playwright with two Off-Broadway productions (BLUFF 2016) (THE EXES 2019), founder and director of Broadway Bound Theatre Festival in Connecticut (formerly held in NYC), newspaper columnist, and author of 17 books. An avid theatre producer, she is currently an associate producer of Flowers for Mrs. Harris in London's Riverside Studios running this fall.
Past honors include winning the prestigious New York Public Library's Best Books for Teens 2003, Whidbey Island Writer's Conference honorable mention for best fiction, placed in the top 100 of the International Writer's Digest Annual Fiction Contest. As a journalist, Lenore won numerous Society of Professional Journalist awards for humor column--an anthology of which entitled BURNT TOAST won the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Award and was honored as best in humor category of the Indie Excellence Awards. Her novel, THIRD WILLOW, won honorable mention in the 2014 Eric Hoffer Award. Her first novel, BLUFF finished as top finalist in literary fiction category of the International Book Awards 2012. Her adaptation of BLUFF for the stage was a finalist in the Eugene O'Neill and has been adapted to an audio play by the same name, available on Audible.
She's a member of the Dramatists Guild, graduate of the Commercial Theatre Institute in NYC, member of the National Association of Newspaper Columnists, Society of Professional Journalists, Theater Resources Unlimited, the Off Broadway Alliance, Theater Communications Group and the American Society of Journalists and Authors.
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It’s a dark story about a dark world, but Skomal makes the story readable and lovely via her prose...Skomal has created a world that couldn’t take place anywhere else. A haunting reminder about the loss of innocence.
Read the book! As an adult I was reminded of the differences between the social mores of the 50s compared to today’s society.
I highly recommend this book for middle school and older. This is one you won’t want to miss. WOW! This book blew me away.
The power of friendship and the perseverance of youth remain the focus throughout the intense and riveting story and makes the reader long for an escape from reality where freedom and friendship reign supreme.
Who would have thought that a coma could provide a new lease on life?...(Playwright) Lenore Skomal ... guide(s) us through Jude’s journey with aplomb and delicacy. Though the play deals with heavy drama, Skomal’s script (which she adapted from her own novel) is infused with a sardonic humor.
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